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Judge accepts plea agreement of DAPL protester

Chase Iron Eyes

BISMARCK -- Surrogate Judge Lee Christofferson has accepted a plea agreement between Morton County prosecutors and Chase Iron Eyes, a prominent figure charged from the Dakota Access Pipeline Protests.

Christofferson's orders came late Tuesday. Iron Eyes was charged in February 2017 with felony inciting a riot and misdemeanor criminal trespass from when protesters erected a camp on pipeline land.

Under terms of the plea deal, Iron Eyes pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct, reduced from felony inciting a riot, while misdemeanor criminal trespass was dismissed. If he completes 360 days of a deferred imposition with no criminal violations and pays $1,850 in fees and a fine, the case will be taken off his record.

Iron Eyes is perhaps the last high-profile defendant involved in Dakota Access Pipeline protests from August 2016 to February 2017.

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